Pesticide Mission: Disappointed on glyphosate, Batho resigns as Vice President

Socialist MEP and former Minister of Ecology Delphine Batho, disappointed with conclusions "not up to" the fact-finding mission on phytosanitary products, announced Thursday his resignation of the vice-presidency.

"I have just resigned from the vice-presidency of the information mission on phyto-pharmaceutical products because the draft report does not advocate the exit of glyphosate or even its prohibition in three years, only the prohibition for a "specific" use, she announced at a meeting of the Commission for Sustainable Development.

"Continue as before, it is not up to par, while every day brings a lot of news alarming studies on the impact of pesticides on human health and the collapse of biodiversity, which is also far below the commitments of the President of the Republic on the release of glyphosate, "Ms Batho told AFP

In the draft report, she also regretted statements stating, for example, that the assessment of the health effects of pesticides remained delicate, or the absence of mention of the "Monsanto Papers" case. 19659002] In the eyes of this the vice-president of the Socialist Group, the only point of advance in the report is the creation of a compensation fund for victims of phytosanitary products, subject of a bill PS passed in early February in the Senate against the opinion

On the other hand, pleading for "the hour of truth", Ms Batho passed an amendment to ban the glyphosate from July 2021, during the examination, for opinion, of the draft law. law on agriculture in Sustainable Development Committee. The measure is not yet part of the bill.

The rapporteur LREM initially objected that it was "perhaps a little fast compared to the approach of the president and the government of conviction to the partners". Further proof, according to former PS minister, of an "ongoing rewriting of the presidential commitment, a great procrastination behind the scenes of power."

An amendment by Matthieu Orphelin (LREM), former right-hand man of Nicolas Hulot in his foundation, to include in the law a definition of neonicotinoids was also adopted.

And the president of the commission and former Secretary of State for Biodiversity Barbara Pompili (LREM, from the ranks of ecologists) has then hailed on Twitter "progress in committee on the prohibition of glyphosate, the definition of neonicotinoids, training in alternatives to phyto … and vote on a report on the compensation of victims of phyto".